The Ricci Scholars Program offers scholarships to highly qualified students who spend their junior year studying and conducting cross-cultural research at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center and the Loyola Vietnam Center. Students prepare their research proposals and apply for this unique scholarship as sophomores, conduct field research and travel as juniors, and complete their projects as seniors.
Launched in the fall of 2007, the Ricci Scholarship program is supported through the generous gift from a donor to Loyola. Each scholarship covers round-trip travel, language tutorials, program seminars, research expenses, and study travel.
We are excited to announce that, starting with academic year 2019-2020, Ricci Scholars will spend their Spring semester in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Unlike other international experiences, the Ricci program allows students to engage in two cultures within the span of nine months—Western European culture in Rome and Eastern Asian culture in Ho Chi Minh City—and challenges them to integrate these experiences with a third culture, that of the United States. This triple cultural immersion, achieved through a coordinated effort linking Chicago, Rome, and Ho Chi Minh City, is currently unparalleled by any other study abroad program and brings together the cultures of East and West in an educational context that reflects the complexities and opportunities of the 21st century.